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February 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Minimum wage: Certain trades are a better way to lift people out of poverty

I have some ideas about how to lift some of the underprivileged kids from poverty [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. We had two young men in our family at different times who were saved by a wonderful program in Highline Public Schools. They both struggled mightily to reach…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: college, education, Minimum Wage

November 25, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Student-athletes: Paying college athletes disincentivizes drive to professional level

In response to Jonathan Martin’s post, “Should college athletes be paid for their performance?” [Opinion, Northwest, Oct. 30], I do not think that college student-athletes should get paid for playing on their school’s sports team. I understand the idea that these players are employees, but they should be in school for education. Playing…


Comments | More in Sports | Topics: college, Jonathan Martin, NCAA

September 16, 2014 at 7:05 AM

College: Requiring liberal arts education is counterproductive for some students

Whether the aim of higher education is to provide vocational skills or to enrich lives through exposure to the arts has been a matter of controversy for decades. A recent letter to the editor proposed incorporating liberal arts into the curriculum of every discipline in an effort to instill in graduates “a full appreciation of…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bonnie Baffaro, college, education

September 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

College education: Expand studies and minds

Columnist David Brooks has been writing on what constitutes a college education, or perhaps more importantly what is the aim of a college education [“How to become a real person through college,” Opinion, Sept. 9]. It seems to me that in earlier days before and immediately after World War II, the aim was…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: college, David Wigglesworth, education

September 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Tuition: Gone are the days of affordable college

I still remember my University of Washington student number: 7124795. The “71” refers to the year I entered: 1971. I got a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1979 and an M.B.A. in 1981. During my entire course of undergraduate work, tuition never increased. It was $288 a quarter for in-state students. I had a studio apartment in…


Comments | More in College | Topics: college, Michele Garrigues, tuition

June 13, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Student debt: Debt forgiveness disincentives individuals

I am writing in outrage at President Obama’s proposal to give “free” money to voluntary debtors [“Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt,” Nation and World, June 9]. Just like the prior student loan-forgiveness program, it would unilaterally modify contracts between private parties, who have voluntarily agreed to a loan-and-repayment contract. It applies retroactively…


Comments | More in Student debt | Topics: college, President Obama, Rick Peterson

December 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM

When will we stop treating college education like a business?

Rising cost of tuition leaves students in debt and using the GET program

The rising cost of tuition is forcing more and more families to use the Guaranteed Education Tuition program [“Get this: tuition program no ponzi scheme,” NWWednesday, Dec. 11].

Along with that though is the understanding that the University if Washington is a business and they are looking to squeeze every last dollar from its students. With the rising cost of tuition, the University of Washington has also been accepting more students from out of state or out of country. When will we stop treating the education of the next generation like a business?


Comments | More in College, Education | Topics: college, GET program

July 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Education costs continue to increase

A new system of student loans is needed The level of student-loan debt is crippling the generation of Americans that is emerging into adulthood. [“Editorial: Congress must rein in student-loan rates,” Opinion, July 2.] The burden of this debt goes beyond the individual. It has consequences for the future of the country and its economic health….


Comments | More in Education | Topics: college, debt, loans

June 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Paying tuition with a summer job is no longer feasible

Taxes should be raised Middle-income students are often squeezed the hardest by tuition increases.Left to right front, Ruth Ferguson, Elizabeth Pring, Michael Kutz (arms crossed), Christina Ziao, Josh Grandinetti. Rear, left to right, Lucas Barash (with W on shirt), Miles Fernandez and Stephan Yhann. [Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times.] I appreciate Danny Westneat’s candor in exposing the…


Comments | More in Economy, Education | Topics: baby boomers, blame, college

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